Ravi Shastri wants to see Karnataka and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) batsman Manish Pandey in India's Champions Trophy squad which will be picked today in New Delhi.
Pandey has scored 345 runs in 12 matches for KKR and slammed a match-winning hundred against Australia at Sydney during the 2015-16 ODI series. "I would like to have Pandey in the team. He is a very good prospect, technically very sound and a very courageous player," said Shastri.
The former India captain also backed the inclusion of Pandya brothers – Hardik and Krunal - who play for IPL-10 table-toppers Mumbai Indians. "If Ravichandran Ashwin is available then it's fine. If not, Krunal Pandya should be included in the team.
"Let both the brothers play. We also have Ravindra Jadeja and since the tournament will be played in English conditions, Bhuvaneswar Kumar, Umesh Yadav and Mohammad Shami would be an ideal combination. There's also Jasprit Bumrah, so there are plenty of options for skipper Virat Kohli," said Shastri.
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